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I have a two boxes one running on a XP and another Redhat Linux 7.1. Is it possible to have a single monitor to work on both of them without actually changing the connections. I am aware that you can have a dual boot on a single box but i'm confused with two boxes. Additionally, I have heard with a switch we can swap between two boxes. Can anyone help me out?
 
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you can buy a switch that lets u switch between 2 computers yea
otherwise there is no way I know of to do that
 
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Totally agree with Iemand, Switch is exactly what you need.
Normall, with Windows boxes, I used to install VNC as a service, and use them over the network to contol other machines. But I am not sure will this work with a Windows Linux mix.
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The technical term for a box that lets you share 1 keyboard, video monitor and mouse is "KVM switch" (K, V, M, get it?). There are a number of them available, though they're not all that cheap, especially if you want one that handles more than 2 systems. A popular use is in server rooms where it's not cost-effective to have K,V & M for each server, since they run unattended, but it's a pain to have to plug in stuff whenever a server acts up and needs UI hardware.
A cheaper solution that allows you to see what's running on both systems ON THE SAME SCREEN is to take advantage of tha fact that Linux is a mult-user system supporting remote users. You can use telnet (a copy's supplied with windows and there are enhanced commercial/shareware clients) and/or install an X server on the windows machine (X windows has strange ideas about who's client and who's server).
I do a variant of just that with my master/backup webserver machines. Except that both are running Linux.
 
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